Unfortunately Intuit has no direct way to go from 2004 to the current versions of 2007 or essentials that will run under lion.
You have a couple of choices. You can purchase a used copy of 2005 and go through that ( although it would have to be done on a snow leapard machine )
If you have access to a pc you can convert it to 2004 on the pc and then purchase a copy of 2012 ( which you can return within 60 days ) and from there to the 2007 on the mac
You can create a snow leapard partition on your mac and run the 2004 in that.
I can give you more detailed instructions for any of those options if you want
Its a process and you need to have the 2004 running to do it. Then you export a qif file from the mac and import that into the windows program complete details on this page
The windows 2012 will read the file that windows 2004 creates automatically
the 2004 windows is available free on this site http://quicken.intuit.com/support/help/install--register--and-convert/using-an-intermediate-version-to-convert-older-versions-of-quicken/GEN82211.html
These instructions will convert from windows to mac 2007
( the new 2007 is lion compatible a much more complete program than the essentials and also a lot cheaper. Available for $15 here http://quicken.intuit.com/personal-finance-software/quicken-2007-osx-lion.jsp
basic steps to creating a snow leapard partition are1. In Lion applications go to utilities / Disk utilities2. In the top left click on your main disk drive and there will be a "partition" option on the menu on the right3. click on + on the lower corner to add a partition4. give it a name and select the size. It should be at least 10 gb as snow leapard takes 6 itself and you need room for applications and data5. put your original snow leapard cd in the drive and reboot the computer. It will boot from the cd and ask where you want to install the snow leapard. Select the new partition that you just made6. Once that is complete you can remove the disk and reboot the computer and it will ask you which partition you want to boot from whenever you restart the computer.7. Boot into the snow leapard partition and install the quicken 2007 on the snow leapard partition
If you do create the snow leapard partition you can load a copy of 2005 on it ( they are usually available at amazon or ebay but they can be a bit spendy ) convert the 2004 to 2005 and the 2007 mac will read a 2005 data file directly
No it wont be easy but it is possible.
I have no idea what the message from just answer about submitting to all experts was about. Any of us can look at this but i doubt anybody else would jump in unless they thought i was wrong.
I do hope that you will push the like or accept button for me as that is what allows me to be paid. I will be happy to keep this question open in case you need help during the actual process and i will continue to help even after it is accepted if you post back in
Yes if you have the original cd that you installed from. ( if you did it via download it MAY still be on the quicken website for download but they only guarantee it will be there for 3 years )
You jst need to copy the data file from one machine to the other and install the quicken program. Then in the quicken go to
file / open
and browse to where you copied the data file
the data file should end with .qdfm
If you purchased from Intuit directly you can download again for 3 years.
go to https://quicken.intuit.com/commerce/account/secure/login.jsp?pagecontext=download
sign in with the email address and password XXXX you used when you purchased it
click on downloads and unlocks
That should give you a list of any intuit product that you purchased online within the last 3 years with a download button. Click the download button next to the product that you want and then select RUN.
Yeah thats possible. It may be that you are already using the entire drive for the lion partition.
You should be able to resize it instructions are on this page
But honestly this is mac thng and I am more of a pc guy. It may be that if you only have 1 partition and its the boot partition it wont let you resize that.